I recently sludged through a cold and decided to try some tumeric herbal tea. It's been making the rounds on the internet. I read through several recipes and then made up my own variation. The taste is pleasant, with a hint of bitterness beneath it. I appreciate bitter flavors. In fact, I think they're important, so this is fine with me. However, it may not be for everyone.
As for the efficacy of the concoction, I cannot say. My cold was short lived and perhaps this herbal brew helped by reducing inflammation. I would try it again.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used coconut); for medicinal purposes, I recommend avoiding dairy which encourages phlegm
- 1 tsp cinnamon and ginger (you could use fresh ginger)
- Pinch of cloves and nutmeg
- 1 tsp of ground tumeric; taste and add more if you can manage it
- Honey, sweeten to taste (I used 1 tsp plus a bit more)
Simmer the water with the spices for about 10 minutes. If using fresh ginger, strain out the pieces. Add the milk and honey and bring to the bubble stage. Taste and adjust. Enjoy!
Note that the mixture can be rather thick. I found that I could enjoy it best if I kept stirring it, so that the particles didn't settle in the bottom.
Have you made tumeric tea? What's your secret? Any advice for using fresh tumeric?